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9 March 2012

Guest post by Homaira Abdullah, used to be activism and events intern

As we come to the end of Fairtrade Fortnight, we have a chance to reflect on what Fairtrade has achieved and how it fits into the wider narrative of food sovereignty.

8 March 2012

A radical vision from European grassroots...

8 March 2012

Here in Scotland there is a lot of pride amongst parliamentarians over our climate change act, considered one of the most ambitious pieces of climate change legislation in the industrialised world. Of course, as climate change campaigners, we realise the challenge lies in its implementation, but we have been watching with interest the gusto with which the First Minister Alex Salmond travels the world (carbon emissions from aviation aside!) promoting Scotland’s climate change act.

1 March 2012

Guest post from the Move Your Money campaign

On-going bonus culture, failing to meet lending targets to small business and increasing customer complaints has been the narrative for the exasperated public this February. Post the financial crisis, behaviour in the city hasn’t changed and it’s high time something was done about it.  

1 March 2012

In what is essentially a return to 1990s style structural adjustment, the Greek government has this week been forced to cut the minimum wage by another 22%, pensions by another 13%, rewrite its constitution to prioritise debt repayment and sell off even more public companies in return for another EU 'bail out'. Here is cartoonist Ben Jennings' take on it.

28 February 2012

UPDATE: Bettina has now been released. However, she still faces the charges. We have updated the information below, so please write to the contacts listed below challenging these charges. We have suggested some points you could make.

I have just heard news through friends in Mexico that Bettina Cruz Velázquez, an indigenous Mexican activist who WDM has been campaigning with, has been arrested. The information available suggests that she is the target of unfounded charges and detention as a way to deter her from her campaigning to defend the rights of indigenous people over the interests of multinational corporations. Please read on to find out what has happened, and how you can take action to support Bettina.


27 February 2012

Guest post by Liam Barrington-Bush, tar sands-free campaign manager, People & Planet

I’m still catching my breath, nearly a week after an EU vote on reducing transport fuel emissions!  Seeing that sentence in writing, I realise it might not sound quite as exciting to those who weren’t active in the campaign that surrounded it. So let me take a step back for a moment and explain... 

21 February 2012

Guest post by Jonathan Stevenson, Jubilee Debt Campaign

As Eurozone finance ministers sat down in Brussels to decide on Greece's future, across town a well-timed University of London conference was underway to try to learn lessons from Latin America's own debt crisis in the 1980s and '90s. Eurozone ministers would have done well to attend because what happened in Latin America three decades ago bears a striking resemblance to what is currently taking place in Europe.

17 February 2012

The World Development Movement has signed an open letter sent today to the organisers of London 2012, asking them to reconsider the games’ sponsorship deal with BP.

13 February 2012

If you've ever been to the World Development Movement's offices in South London, you'll know that our walls are covered in posters from various demonstrations, events and social movement struggles around the world. Earlier today I went around the office and photographed five of my favourites.

10 February 2012

In his speech to the inaugural BBC Today business lecture in November last year, Barclays chief executive Bob Diamond argued that banks needed to rebuild the trust they had lost with the public. Bankers need to ‘become better citizens’, he said.

8 February 2012

The Tax Justice Network has launched a new 15 minute monthly podcast service with the latest news, research and analysis of events in tax evasion, tax avoidance and the shadow banking system. TAXCAST producer Naomi Fowler explains why it's so important.

7 February 2012

Guest post by Yann Louvel, Climate and Energy Campaigner, BankTrack.

Private banks are the first to claim to fight climate change - but do they put their money where their mouth is? That’s exactly what we, a group of NGOs (the german Urgewald, the South African's Groundwork, Earth Life and the international network BankTrack decided to look for last year, analyzing the investments of the world’s largest banks in the coal industry, the major culprit in the drama of climate change. And the answer to that question is… NO.

6 February 2012

This blog appeared on the Guardian's Poverty Matters blog on 6 February 2012.

2 February 2012

The news that the Indian government might choose to buy French fighter jets instead of British Typhoon jets should have nothing to do with the UK’s development aid. But thanks to comments from development minister Andrew Mitchell, aid has become entangled in the media story about the arms trade.

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